Make fabric look old and dirty using items from your pantry. Example: one of the many bunnies my mom made for Easter. They came in all patterns, colors, and styles, but this one here has that primitive, antique-ish look to it that I love.
My mom has done this so many times for projects here and there. I’ve never done it, but she has shared the recipe she uses with me. The first time she grunged fabric, I thought she was baking the world’s best cookies.
She uses this one from eHow. Here are the ingredients:
½ C coffee grounds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1 C hot water
Mix the liquids together. This will give the spices and coffee something to stick to and will help the colors seep out. The vanilla itself adds some color. Dab your liquid onto the fabric and rub the spices and coffee on the wet spots. Once you’re satisfied with the color, pop it in the oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit until it’s dry. Make sure you move it around and flip it every so often to make sure it dries evenly.
Boom! Your textile project is antique and primitive, and your house smells amazing to boot.